FA Cup: Super-sub Kabba sinks Puritans with late winner

Ricky Johnson equalised for Banbury United in Saturday's FA Cup tie
Ricky Johnson equalised for Banbury United in Saturday's FA Cup tie
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Sahr Kabba came off the bench to knock Banbury United out of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Puritans were denied a first appearance in the fourth qualifying round draw since 1980 when Kabba notched the late winner as Wealdstone won Saturday’s tie 2-1.

Ricky Johnson had cancelled out Tom Hamblin’s first half opener after the restart but Kabba sent the Vanarama National League South outfit through with an 88th minute winner.

Wealdstone started the better of the two sides and took an 11th minute lead when Matthew Whichelow’s excellent cross was met by Hamblin at the far post who powerfully headed home.

Although Wealdstone continued to dominate, United showed more promise going forward as the half progressed. George Jeacock saw his effort from a tight angle saved by Jonathan North before the on-loan Oxford United striker fired over from 25 yards.

Wealdstone dominated the latter stages of the first half and Jack Harding made an excellent save from Ricky Wellard who then headed just over the bar from Omar Koroma’s cross.

On a rare United venture forward the impressive Jeacock caused problems down left flank with his pace and his low cross was cleared before a United player could get on the end of it.

A minute before the break Wealdstone were close to doubling their lead when Elliott Benyon shot just wide.

After the restart, United were much improved and although Edward Oshodo headed a corner just wide at the far post the visitors matched their hosts. And in the 57th minute United equalised when a free-kick was pumped deep into the area, Johnson’s far post header was saved by North but he followed up to knock home the loose ball.

From that point on United looked much more dangerous going forward, planting doubt in the home defence. It became a very open game with either side looking as though they might nick a winner.

But, with a replay looming, it was Wealdstone who snatched the 88th minute winner when a quick break saw Benyon cross for Kabba to net from six yards. In the final minute Johnson’s shot from the edge of the area went just inches wide of the far post but United’s cup run was over for another season.